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Hey Landlord! Is Your Lease Legal?
The longer you are a landlord the more you strive to create the perfect lease/rental agreement. Landlords learn in the school of hard-knocks that some tenants are certified trouble makers and we try our best to protect ourselves with a carefully structured restrictive lease.
That's just good business.... but be careful you don't include any provisions in your lease that may not be legal. For example...
It would be illegal to include a provision that states the resident agrees not to include his or her lease (the lease on your property) in their bankruptcy filing... should their bankruptcy become necessary.
Bankruptcy laws are Federal.. lease law is state law.
Anyone can file for bankruptcy and invoke all protections afforded to them by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code... including not making lease payments... at least temporarily.
Here's another caution...
It would be illegal for your lease to require that residents be responsible for injuries he or she sustain during the lease term. The law can legally hold landlords liable for damages and injuries caused due to negligence. A landlord cannot contract that away.
How about repairs....
The same would apply to a requirement that the tenant be responsible for all necessary repairs. In every state the law mandates that landlords perform certain repairs to maintain the property and keep it habitable.
Does your lease contain a clause concerning attorney fees?...
Requiring a renter to pay for all of the landlord's legal fees and costs regardless of a court case out come would also be a lease no-no.
Most good leases have stood the test of time and will help you avoid legal problems. Just don't ask tenants to sign it until you have read and completely understand every line of the lease you are using.
You'll find the lease we use here...
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Let's say you've had your home on the market for many months without a sale. The holidays are drawing near.
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She reached the phone on its second ring. "This is Tami!" She confidently answered.
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Are you seeking your little corner of sun drenched heaven on earth? If you are you're certainly not alone!Many Northern Europeans, Americans and Canadians are looking overseas for investment real estate or for a holiday bolt hole and if you're considering buying a second home in the sun, a home from home abroad or an investment property overseas and you're in a hurry to get started, these top 10 home purchase abroad tips for success should set you off in the right direction.1) Legal AdviceLegal systems differ from country to country so never assume that you understand how exactly the entire house purchase process is going to work, and never expect things to necessarily go exactly your way! To be assured of the fact that your personal interests are being looked after and that you, your money and your property are 100% secure, legal and legitimate it's essential to seek independent legal representation in the country you're considering buying property in.
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How to Buy a Property in Bulgaria
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